Category Archives: Lingerie

Affinitas Lingerie for Valentine’s Day

Dear Cupid,
Please bring me AFFINITAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Affinitas has long been a Trashy Diva favorite.  The fashion forward brand is not only stylish, but also affordable, which today is a necessity for many!  With pieces retailing from $10-$50, you can afford to embrace your inner sweetheart, vixen, or both!  With bras and bustiers ranging from sizes 30-38 A-DD with other items ranging from XS-XL, there is something for almost everyone. A VALENTINE MUST HAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please stop by our Lingerie Store (831 Chartres Street) to see our Affinitas collection.

Love,
Kathy

Operation Help Me Help You: Valentine’s Lingerie Edition

Valentine’s Day.

I know, I know. Mixed emotions. That’s is why I’m here, Lindsey, the Lucky Lady of Lingerie. I’ve been thinking about a few clever ways to ensure that everyone comes out on the top, no pun intended, on Valentine’s Day. It’s not like the movies where your lover knows exactly what you want and well, we all know that subtle hints are usually always unsuccessful. We must cover all bases. Read carefully as there are several options:

1. A sticky note on the bathroom mirror. Include a short but sweet note, your bra and panty size, signed with a lipstick kiss. Want to go overboard? Spritz it with perfume.

2. A wish list. Whether you live in New Orleans or in a far away land, it’s easy either way. Peruse the internet or stop on by our Lingerie Boutique at 831 Chartres Street in the French Quarter, and I’ll jot down your sizes and wish list. You can do the same as #1 but leave it a mystery with just this phone number: 504-522-8861. I’ll know exactly what to do when the phone rings.

3. Stop by and grab a business card. Slip it in a place that is frequently visited (a bit boring) OR walk out of your bedroom in lingerie with the card in your mouth. That’s sure to get the hint across loud and clear.

My top picks for, but not limited to, the day of love:

Cosabella dedicated an entire collection for this very day, Cosabella Amore. I love chemises and nighties, they are so romantic.

Betsy Johnson delivers tricot and lace sets in beautiful flirty colors. By far the softest thing in the store.

Super sexy sets from Leg Avenue and tassels galore!

~ Lindsey

Five Fabulous Finds for $55 or Less

Rocket Dog Memories Flats in Blueberry (Thai Silk), Dark Red, and Black – $35

Deluxe Green Buddha Earrings – $55

Scala XL Floppy Hat in Black and White – $33

Wild Card La Rosa Sock Garters (currently available in Black only) – $53

Stella McCartney “be my valentine” Knickers in Light Pink – $55

For more information or to purchase these FABULOUS items you can visit our website at www.trashydiva.com or call or stop by one of our four New Orleans locations. You can find all of our contact info through the website.

XOXO,

~ Crystal

How To Shop for Vintage Slips

Do you love being different by wearing few-of-a-kind fashions? Are you envious of the sensuality Liz exuded in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof? Wearing vintage slips may be the perfect answer for you. The quality fabrics, unique trims and meticulous construction of slips manufactured decades ago cannot be duplicated. You’ll be thrilled to add one or more to your underpinnings wardrobe. Before you make a decision to buy, do your homework, especially if you want to splurge on a high-end piece. Here is some advice to consider when buying a half or full vintage slip from an online dealer:

Styles:

* Proper Edwardian ladies wore romantic white cotton petticoats and chemises, many intricately embroidered and embellished with fine lace.
* During the 1920s, women yearned for less restrictive clothing and slips were made of delicate silk designed in straight, comfortable styles with beautiful trimmings.
* As the 1930s and 1940s progressed, slips were designed to accentuate a woman’s form and allow movement utilizing rayon satin fabrics and bias-cut styling.
* 1950s – the era of Hollywood sex symbols. Slips still emphasized femininity and were predominately nylon lavished with lace, appliqués and chiffon. A woman wanting to dress with less fuss could choose an all-in-one bra and girdle slip complete with stocking garters. Rustling crinolines to fill out full-skirted dresses were all the rage.
* The ’60s arrived and women’s fashions changed drastically. As the hemlines rose, the length of slips followed suit. Reflecting the era of hippies and free love, bold colors and psychedelic prints prevailed. Full slips with built-in bras were a popular choice.
* The next two decades offered many styles including long lengths to wear under ’70s maxi dresses and spandex to complement the close-fitting power skirts of the ’80s.

Manufacturers:

* Vanity Fair – famous for exquisite designs and producing sensuous, nearly sheer Antron III nylon.
* Van Raalte – known for producing incredible slips that are highly sought after by today’s collectors.
* Aristocraft – many of their ’50s slips are quite fancy with ruched chiffon and lace.
* Fischer – very collectible silk and rayon slips trimmed with lace from the 1940s.
* Barbizon – offered lovely slips in silk, rayon and nylon in a wide variety of sizes.

Sizes:

Generally, if bust size 36 or waist size 28 is on the tag, it correctly corresponds to modern dimensions. When sizes are indicated as 16 or Large, they usually do not comport with modern sizing. Women were smaller decades ago so accurate measurements are important. Always ask for all pertinent numbers including bust, waist, hips and length. If there is stretch in the bust or waist, ask for relaxed and maximum stretch measurements. Measure a similar undergarment you own to ascertain whether the fit will be comfortable.

Condition:

Condition is a key element of choosing a vintage slip. Many women improperly stored their undergarments in hot attics or damp basements which are damaging to textiles, especially silk. Washing and drying lingerie in machines resulted in tears, pulls and pilling. Some homemakers attempted alterations with poor results. Ask the dealer if any apparent alterations were made, if the fabric is supple with no dry rot and if mildew stains or musty odors are present. Issues such as holes, stains, tears, fading and discoloration should be fully stated in the description since they affect price. Inquire if in doubt – a reputable merchant should answer any questions in a prompt and thorough manner.

Prices:

Prices can range from $10.00 for a simple half slip to hundreds of dollars for a 1930s Juel Park silk and lace beauty. Van Raalte slips with pleats and copious lace may fetch up to $200.00 or more depending on condition, color and size. Vanity Fair pieces with fancy trim can sell for $50.00 to $175.00. Compare those prices for such high quality designs to the cheap, mass-produced slips of today and you still have a bargain.

Now you have the basic knowledge that will help avoid disappointments when making your first purchase of a vintage slip. Don’t be dazzled by the photos and neglect to read the description. Remember, it costs nothing to ask questions and gather information. Your ultimate goal is a satisfying buy that you can enjoy for years to come.

Please stop by our Lingerie store in the French Quarter (831 Chartres Street; boutique phone 504-522-8861) for a huge variety of vintage slips.

~ Kathy

Huit Lingerie

Huit Lingerie brand has established its reputation in the lingerie market as a producer of supremely stylish lingerie from the country that is famous throughout the world for the art of seduction – France. Founded more than 30 years ago, the label offers cool, contemporary cuts and manages to successfully fuse this look with traditional French seduction and sexyness. The minimalist lines and simple cuts touched with romantic details are both charming and sophisticatedly seductive.

Huit Cupcake Full Cup Balconnet Bra



Seductive and sexy, this lightweight balconette bra features cups made of microfiber and sheer mesh with no padding for a non-bulky look. Balconette styling allows you to wear lower necklines. Metal J-hook on back of strap enables racerback option.

* 2-part, underwire cups are lined with mesh along bottom of cups and have darts.
* Sheer mesh tulle fabric along top of cups adds a sexy touch.
* Seamed, 2-part cups help direct your breasts forward instead of letting them spread to the sides.
* Seams support stress points and create shape.
* Covered elastic along top of cups for a stretch fit that molds to your shape.
* Wide sheer mesh center gore holds the breasts in place.
* Pared down center gore without embellishment for a smooth look.
* Leotard back minimizes back fat, prevents strap slippage and provides additional support to the back and bust.
* Seamless sides for a smooth look under clothes.
* Elastic along top and bottom of microfiber wings for custom fit and comfort.
* Covered elastic shoulder straps taper into elastic straps that adjust in back with metal hardware for the perfect fit.

Huit Cupcake Low Waist Shorty Panty CAKE

This low-rise boyshort panty is made of smooth and sleek microfiber fabric and features sheer mesh at the waist. Made of 67% polyamide, 21% polyester and 12% elastane fabric.

* Opaque front and back panels with sheer mesh inset at waist in front.
* Low-rise styling accommodates your low-rise fashions.
* Covered elastic at waist for custom fit and comfort.
* Banded leg openings for an unrestricted fit that’s comfortable.
* Panties provide moderate rear coverage.

We have black and red available at our Lingerie Store (831 Chartres Street; 504-522-8861) in the heart of the French Quarter.

~ Kathy

Discounts and “Diets” at Trashy Diva Lingerie!

Get your butt in gear and start off the New Year… with some beautiful Trashy Diva Lingerie of course! As you may know, we are having a HUGE sale.  If not, you haven’t missed out, give us a call (504-522-8861) or come on down! All brands, all sizes, all colors!!!!!!

Lise Charmel
$149 for the set

Carol Malony
$89 for the set

Huit
$68 for the set

Huit
$53 for the set

Haute by Carol Malony
$84 for the set

Huit
$59 for the set

Don’t worry about the beignets you ate… everyday…. for breakfast and dessert… midday snack?!!!  (We know, we know, you’ve walked A LOT). A new shipment of Vollers corsets arrived last week! With brands like Vollers, Isabella and Scarlett’s, we can lace that extra two inches off quicker than it came on! Faux diet anyone??? We offer custom corset fittings with no appointment needed, but please bring me a beignet and cafe au lait, I walked to work this morning. ;)

Vollers for Trashy Diva
Edwardian Overbust in Red Chrysanthemum
$295

Deluxe Cuba Rocks Necklace in Red
$190

Vollers for Trashy Diva
Peaked Waist in Black with White Pinstripes $215
Pasties $22
Necklace by Robin Lewis $209

Isabella for Trashy Diva
Edwardian Overbust in Black with Gold Cherry Blossoms
$395
Necklace Set $
Leg Avenue Fishnet Thigh High with Ribbon $15

Scarlett’s for Trashy Diva
Victorian Waist Multi Brocade in Red, Gold and Black $225
Necklace Set $30
Pasties $22

~ Lindsey

Mad Men Costume Designer is MAD about Rago Shapewear

Do you want to know how Joan Holloway looks so svelte in all of those body hugging dresses she wears on the show Mad Men? It’s because her foundation garments are from RAGO, of course!! If you don’t believe me then check out this interview with Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant.

Rago Garter Skirt - $34

Rago Garter Belt - $29

Rago Lace Overlay Waist Cincher - $49

Rago All-in-one Camigirdle - $56

You can find these styles and many more at www.trashydiva.com or at our lingerie store located in the French Quarter at 831 Chartres. If you have questions or would like to order by phone, you can call 504-522-8861.

XOXO,

~ Crystal